El Paso County, CO, Aug. 4, 2017 – Permanent repairs on the roof on the south tower of the Terry R. Harris 4th Judicial District Complex in downtown Colorado Springs are scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017.
In preparation for this project the westbound lanes of Vermijo Avenue between Cascade Avenue and Tejon Street will be closed from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5. The closure will allow a crane to safely lift building materials from a series of four 52-foot trucks to the roof of the five-story courthouse at 270 S. Tejon St.
Temporary repairs were made after hurricane-force winds ripped roofing materials and rooftop equipment from the building on Jan. 9. During that storm, the El Paso County Emergency Operations Center was activated to coordinate resources as high winds caused heavy damage to trees, power lines, homes and vehicles throughout El Paso County.
Douglass Colony Group was contracted for the Judicial Building repairs project. The Board of El Paso County Commissioners approved the $199,302 contract with Douglass in March. The temporary roof repairs costing less than $25,000 were completed in January.
Work on the roofing project is expected to run through mid-September. About 18,190 square feet of the fifth-floor and penthouse roofs on the south tower will be repaired or replaced. The south tower opened in 1972. The west tower was added to the facility in 2005.
The more than 360,000 square foot Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex is home to El Paso County Combined Courts in the 4th Judicial District Court. Under Colorado laws, Counties are responsible for the maintenance and operations of court facilities while the state Judicial Branch is responsible for the administration of the courts themselves.